Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Blog Ring of Power Interview with Denise Verrico Part V

We finish our five part interview with Denise Verrico here at The Write Time.

If you haven't been following her interview here are the other links to the earlier sections.

Part 1 @ Terri  - Wednesday, July 25th
Part 2 @ Teresa's site - Thursday, July 26
Part 3 @ Emily's site-Friday, July 27
Part 4 @ Sandra's site-Monday, July 30

Denise is offering our readers a special treat - leave a comment at any one of the BRoP sites and you will receive a free ebook, Annals of the Immoryls, containing a trio of dark urban fantasy tales featuring characters from Denise's Immortyl Revolution series!

So I am excited to wrap up with Denise.  Welcome to the write time and we are ready to hear some of the wisdom you've picked up on your road to being published.  So lets get started.

Tell us about your route to success – where there any bumps and bruises along the way?

I tell you when I get there.  I see it as a journey, and I’m just at the beginning of the path. I wrote a lot for thirteen years before I felt confident enough to show anyone.  Most of the bruises are self-inflicted.  I should have gotten into a crit group a little earlier and avoided a lot of meandering.

 Why did you decide to go with an indie publisher? Did you use/do you have an agent?

My books are Dark Urban Fantasy with a strong dash of sci fi.  A lot of what is published by big presses is Urban Fantasy with more romance.  My series crosses genre and smaller presses are more open to this.
What are the most important elements of good writing?

A good handle on characterization is vital.  A less is more approach to description and a strong understanding of POV.  Resist the temptation to wallow in the characters’ introspection and feelings.  It’s better to see reactions to situations.  Concise prose without strings of modifiers--choose verbs with strong connotative meanings rather than adjectives and adverbs.  Review your grammar rules. 

What tools are must-haves for writers?

An eye to observation and understanding of human nature.  A good vocabulary.  A thick skin and the ability to take constructive criticism.  Intellectual curiosity.  Imagination.  A Thesaurus, coffee and good wine.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Keep learning and working on the craft.  Read everything you can and pay attention to the world around you.  Write about your passions, not what is selling now--that trend has already passed.

What do you feel is the key to your success

Perseverance and a little wisdom gained through experience.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I’m always curious to hear your impressions, and I enjoy talking with you about writing.  If you’re a writer, I like to hear about your work.  A writer creates her work not only for herself, but to share with others.   I hope you enjoy the books.

Thank you Denise for interview with us.  We sure enjoyed the time you spent with all of us.  Good luck with your writing and other endeavors. 

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Childhood fascination with Vampires serves as Author's inspiration for book series
Vampires have been capturing Urban Fantasy Author Denise Verrico’s imagination since childhood and now she shares that vivid imagination with countless readers throughout the world. Servant of the Goddess, Book Four of the Immortyl Revolution now available.

May 1st, 2012
Columbus, OH – Vampires have been capturing Urban Fantasy Author Denise Verrico’s imagination since her days growing up in Western Pennsylvania and now she shares that vivid imagination with countless readers throughout the world. “My favorite television show as a child was the soap opera Dark Shadows, and my favorite author in the vampire genre is Anne Rice. I like the Gothic and historical aspects of her books. I must give her credit for influencing me,” says Verrico. Readers of the Immortyl Revolution series are taken with the one-of-a-kind twist on vampires that Denise brings forth and in the unique locales in which her writing takes them. Ms. Verrico says, “Inspiration comes a lot from my non-fiction reading. I’ll read about a place or historical period, and I’ll want to create a character to reflect it.”

Servant of the Goddess is the fourth novel of the urban fantasy vampire series written by Denise Verrico. This installment follows up her debut novel, Cara Mia, which introduces the characters and world of Immortyl Revolution and its sequel, Twilight of the Gods and My Fearful Symmetry.  Set in 2001, Verrico’s My Fearful Symmetry introduced a new vampire hero, Cedric MacKinnon, a temple dancer in service to the Goddess Kali, who learns his beauty and speed render him a lethal weapon. “My vampire society originates in India. In my third novel, My Fearful Symmetry, I delve deeper into the origins,” says Verrico.   “In the fourth book, I unite heroine Mia Disantini and Cedric in a way that raises some sparks.  It takes place in NYC in 2001, so there will be momentous events my characters must deal with.”  As in all her novels, Servant of the Goddess maintains a science fiction twist on the genre, action-packed thrills and a touch of romance.

About the author
Ms. Verrico is an Urban Fantasy author and New Jersey native who grew up in Western Pennsylvania. She attended Point Park College and majored in Theatre Arts. For seven seasons, she was a member of the Oberon Theatre Ensemble in NYC. Denise has loved vampire stories since childhood and is a fan of the Dark Shadows television series. Her books are published by L&L Dreamspell Publishing and include: Cara Mia (Book One of the Immortyl Revolution Series), Twilight of the Gods (Book Two of the Immortyl Revolution Series), and My Fearful Symmetry (Book Three of the Immortyl Revolution Series). She currently lives in Ohio with her husband, son, and her flock of seven spoiled parrots.

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Servant of the Goddess
Book Four of the Immortyl Revolution
From the ashes of the first battle of the Immortyl Revolution, vampires Mia Disantini and Kurt Eisen set out to build a new Immortyl society. Trouble arrives in the person of Cedric MacKinnon, a runaway adept of the ancient arts, who brings tidings of upheaval at the chief elder’s court that threatens everything Mia and Kurt have accomplished. Mia finds it hard to resist when Cedric pledges his service and tempts her with the legendary skills he learned as an Immortyl courtesan. Facing opposition from both within and out, Mia begins to doubt Kurt is up to the task of leading their followers to his vision of an Immortyl Utopia. Torn between her loyalty to Kurt and Cedric’s insistence that she is the earthly manifestation of the Goddess Durga and destined to lead, Mia confronts the greatest challenge of her life.

  My Fearful Symmetry
Book Three of the Immortyl Revolution
For nineteen-year-old Cedric MacKinnon, the promise of eternal youth and celebrity sounds like a dream come true. It becomes a nightmare when a master vampire plucks the boy from the London streets and spirits him away to India. In the fabled ashram of the adepts of the ancient arts, Cedric undergoes the grueling process of training as a temple dancer and courtesan. With the threat of revolution hanging over court, the chief elder employs the boy he names Shardul in dangerous games of seduction and intrigue. Hated by the chief’s mistress and abused by those he entertains, Cedric struggles with his vision of a violent destiny that seems to come from Kali herself.

Twilight of the Gods
Book Two of the Immortyl Revolution
Narrowly escaping the implosion of Genpath laboratories, vampires Mia Disantini and Kurt Eisen are on the run from Gaius Lupus, their rival in the Forbidden Science.  When Kurt is captured by their enemy and rescued with the aid of feral vampire kids known as sewer rats, Mia witnesses firsthand the charismatic spell her lover casts over these would-be revolutionaries.  Setting up base in Manhattan, Kurt builds his forces, while independent-minded Mia navigates the minefield of sewer rat politics, which she finds very much a man’s world.  With the threat of war with Gaius drawing ever closer, Mia and Kurt face challenges to their relationship and their freedom. 

Cara Mia
 Book One of the Immortyl Revolution
Mia Disantini is a vampire who wants to walk again in the sun.  Enslaved and plunged into the unenlightened Immortyl culture, fiercely independent Mia struggles for freedom.  Trained as her master Ethan’s “Bird of Prey”, she becomes the pawn of their enigmatic elder, Brovik, in his intrigues concerning the forbidden science.  Cast out into the streets of Manhattan by Ethan, Mia finds love and compassion with Kurt Eisen, who shares her slave status and discontent.  Together the lovers steal their masters’ secrets and deliver them to Genpath Laboratories.  Duped and imprisoned by CEO, Lee Brooks, Mia calls upon the aid of neuroscientist, Dr. Joe Ansari.  But Mia and Kurt are hunted for their crime, and time is running out. 

Forget the  fairytale  vampire romance…

Mia Disantini thought she found the man of her dreams, but is trapped in a nightmare from which she can’t wake up. 

Kurt Eisen makes a monstrous bargain to survive a Nazi concentration camp and begins to understand what a monster truly is.

Cedric MacKinnon was once a celebrated vampire courtesan.  Now he’s a deadly assassin, who has cheated death too many times.  

Annals of the Immortyls

A trio of Dark Urban Fantasy tales featuring characters from Denise Verrico’s Immortyl Revolution series. 

Denise Verrico is a New Jersey native who grew up in Pennsylvania.  She is the author of the Immortyl Revolution urban fantasy series published by L&L Dreamspell.  Denise was chosen as a presenter at Ohioana Book Fair in 2011 and 2012, and her books are part of the collection at the State Library of Ohio. Currently, she’s a member of Broad Universe and two writing groups.  She attended Point Park College in Pittsburgh, where she majored in theatre arts, and was a member of The Oberon Theatre Ensemble in NYC with whom she acted, directed and wrote plays. Denise is a roller coaster fanatic and lives in Ohio with her husband, son and flock of six spoiled parrots.


Denise Verrico said...

Thanks for hosting me! It's been fun.

Dean C. Rich said...

Glad you've enjoyed it. You've been a great guest.